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Gregg Cleveland reflects on time as La Crosse fire chief

VIDEO: Gregg Cleveland has fought more than fires throughout his more than 30 year career, fighting to leave every department better, than he found it. His career began in 1979 with the Menasha Fire Department after being discharged from the Marine Corps because of an injury. "I was really upset after that happened and one day my dad told me I should join the local department and I thought that sounded intriguing," Cleveland said.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2017 4:38:44 PM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 LaCrosse

Retiring West Allis fire chief sees dream fulfilled

As a 16-year-old boy made news recently for being alive and well after his heart stopped at a basketball game at West Allis Central High School, retiring Fire Chief Steve Bane was thinking how his life had come full circle. Years ago as a firefighter, he and fellow firefighter Bruce Stonewood relentlessly worked to put defibrillators, one of which saved the boy's life, into every school and city building.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2017 1:02:14 PM - SOURCE: Greenfield West Allis NOW

One hospitalized after Suamico house fire

VIDEO: A woman is in the hospital Friday morning after a fire broke out at her home in Suamico. The fire broke out around 12:45 a.m. Friday morning on the 13,000 block of Velp Ave. When firefighters arrived on scene flames were visible but they found everyone had made it out of the home. Crews were able to put the fire out within about half hour.
- PUB DATE: 1/13/2017 4:44:17 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Waupun fire training rises to new heights

VIDEO: Ask any fire department chief and they will tell you, burning a building on purpose has become much harder to do over the years. Why would a department want to burn a building on purpose? Chief B.J. DeMaa of the Waupun fire department says it is for training firefighters. “The need to provide live-fire training is paramount, as it provides an opportunity for firefighters to practice situational awareness, decision making, and a multitude of other skills,” DeMaa says.
- PUB DATE: 1/13/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fond du Lac Reporter

Pickerel and Argonne Fire Departments in need of new gear receive grant

VIDEO: The Pickerel and Argonne Fire Departments will fight fires faster and more efficiently thanks to a grant from the Wisconsin Public Service Foundation. Brennan Cook works for both fire departments. He is a firefighter with the Argonne Fire Department and a captain with the Pickerel Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 1/13/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander-Wausau

Campbell Fire Department places high on ISO rating

VIDEO: A new national rating names one local fire department as one of the best in the country. The Campbell Fire Department has received a Class 3 rating in Public Protection Classification from the Insurance Services Office (ISO). The ISO rates fire departments across the nation on a 10 point scale with 1 being the highest and 10 being the lowest.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2017 7:39:28 PM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 LaCrosse

Eau Claire man invents device to help firefighters

VIDEO: An area man has invented a device that will help firefighters in low-visibility conditions. Jeff Dykes, an Eau Claire Firefighter for 20 years, invented the Northern Star, which is an eight-directional electronic compass firefighters can place inside masks to orientate themselves in low-visibility conditions.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2017 5:15:31 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Appleton looks to buy 4 new fire trucks from Pierce

The city of Appleton might buy four new fire trucks from a local company, over the next four years. In all, the Pierce Manufacturing trucks would cost more than $2.6 million. Ald. Kyle Lobner says they would get a better price with a package deal. The savings would add up to over $80,000.The safety and licensing committee unanimously agreed last night to let the fire department buy the trucks, without seeking bids.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2017 4:59:09 AM - SOURCE: WHBY-AM 1150 News Talk

Vehicle breaks through ice; pair rescued on Rock Lake

Two passengers of a vehicle that broke through the ice on Rock Lake are OK after being rescued on Tuesday afternoon. The pair had been fishing on the lake since noon Tuesday and when they turned around to head back toward Bartel's Beach the vehicle broke through the ice about 50-100 yards offshore. The Lake Mills Fire Department got the call to help at 3:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2017 4:21:13 AM - SOURCE: Watertown Daily Times

Ashland High School students weld new weight racks for the Ashland Fire Department

A weight has been literally lifted at the Ashland Fire Department as the rows of dumbbells that used to sit on the floor of its new weight room now have a designated resting spot. A set of weight racks has been installed there. That comes courtesy of a few Ashland High School students and a grant awarded to the AFD through the Walmart Corporation.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2017 2:15:03 AM - SOURCE: Ashland Daily Press

Poynette-Dekorra-Lowville Fire Commission discusses asset sales

At its last meeting in November, the Poynette-Dekorra-Lowville Fire Commission approved the sale of four vehicles, all of which have been recently sold. The money from the sales was distributed back to the three municipalities in the district, as directed in the district’s agreement. However, at the Jan.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2017 2:11:37 AM - SOURCE: Poynette Press

Divided Wisconsin Supreme Court says blood draw legal

A divided Wisconsin Supreme Court has reinstated a drunken driving conviction against a Sauk County man who argued his blood was illegally drawn. The court overturned a state appeals court ruling with a 5-2 opinion Friday. The appeals court had ruled that the blood draw was unconstitutional because the emergency medical technician acted under the direction of police, not a doctor.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2

Oshkosh fire ruled suspicious, one injured

One person was injured after a fire in Oshkosh Tuesday night. At 6:01 p.m., crews were dispatched to the 300 West 6th Avenue for a fire. Heavy smoke and flames were seen coming from the back of the home, but firefighters were able extinguish the fire quickly. All eight people in the home were able to make it out of the house, but a man was treated for a hand injury on scene.
- PUB DATE: 1/11/2017 8:46:56 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Firefighters from multiple departments called out to Nestle plant in Burlington

Firefighters on Tuesday night, January 10th were called out to a fire at the Nestle plant in Burlington. The Nestle plant is located on Pine Street near Durand Avenue in Burlington. Several departments were called to the scene. At this point, no details have been released as to how the fire started, how much damage it has caused, or whether there have been any injuries.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2017 8:37:30 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Former Eldorado fire chief found dead

The former fire chief of the Eldorado Fire Department was found dead at the fire station early Tuesday morning. An Eldorado firefighter and plow driver came into the fire station on Fond du Lac County N shortly before 2 a.m. Tuesday to get a head start on the day’s work when he found Rodney Menne, the first assistant chief of the Eldorado Fire Department, dead, said Sgt.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2017 2:42:13 PM - SOURCE: Fond du Lac Reporter

Lake Geneva police: Meth cook ignites inside hotel room, woman suffers serious burns

A woman is in serious condition after suffering burns inside a room at The Cove in Lake Geneva. Lake Geneva police responded to the hotel around 3:15 a.m. on Monday, January 9th for an “activated fire alarm.” While en route, officers received a second call for service of a female yelling for help at a hotel nearby.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2017 8:34:41 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

West Allis firefighters deliver baby, come back to deliver Christmas

VIDEO: The true gift of Christmas came a day later for one West Allis family when firefighters helped deliver a baby girl inside the home. On Monday, the team of first responders revisited the growing family and played Santa Claus, dropping off gifts for 5-year-old Marcianno, his 2 week old sister, Milan, and their parents.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2017 10:43:59 PM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Nation's first Hmong firefighter retires from Eau Claire Fire Department

VIDEO: Many of us are looking forward to the day we can finally wake up, not have to go to work, and enjoy the life of being retired; and that's what's happening for one local firefighter. Monday, the nation's first-ever Hmong firefighter worked his last shift in Eau Claire, leaving his mark in firefighting history.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2017 8:04:58 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Recognize him? ATF, Milwaukee Police Department officials seek suspect after arson of BP gas station during unrest

VIDEO: Officials with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in conjunction with the Milwaukee Police Department have released photos and video of a suspect who may be responsible for arson to the BP gas station during the unrest in August in Milwaukee's Sherman Park neighborhood.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2017 3:39:23 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Ice fishermen rescued from Door County ice

VIDEO: Along the Lakeshore, it was a close call for four ice fishermen. The men needed to be rescued. The ice they were fishing on, broke loose, and began to float into the waters of Green Bay. It happened Sunday afternoon in Door County. They were near Circle Ridge Road, in the Town of Gardner. "We did see the individuals that were in need of rescue about 400-450 yards off shore," said Tim Dietman, Sturgeon Bay, Fire Chief.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2017 3:36:58 PM - SOURCE: WLUK TV Fox 11